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Postby SoCalHiker » Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:31 pm

Dingus Milktoast wrote:See Doug I KNEW my words would have no effect. There is nothing I can say to tamp down that snake worry you have. Its not rational and you know it and still, there it is. I have my own fears, some less rational than others. Snakes ain't one of em though.

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nice pic BTW. Thinking about possible harm, I just realized that I worry a lot about Poison Oak here in SoCal since my kids tend to run off the trail all the time. And I've seen many really bad and serious cases of Poison Oak reactions.
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Postby WileyCoyote » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:52 pm

SoCal,

You can call it an adventure and if your kids are as, if not more, tech savvy than you then have them take pix or video while exploring and post it on your websites and profiles.

Then they can text and email these same pix also to their friends as opposed to surfing the net or zombifying themselves with video games. Unless a majority of their friends participate in "true" outdoors activities, they may feel at times you're depriving them.

You could challenge them to take pix better than other kids or at least as good in kids mags like those from National Geographic like My Big Backyard. If they're tween ages, then use a little reverse psychology.
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Postby butitsadryheat » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:48 pm

WileyCoyote wrote:SoCal,

You can call it an adventure and if your kids are as, if not more, tech savvy than you then have them take pix or video while exploring and post it on your websites and profiles.

Then they can text and email these same pix also to their friends as opposed to surfing the net or zombifying themselves with video games. Unless a majority of their friends participate in "true" outdoors activities, they may feel at times you're depriving them.

You could challenge them to take pix better than other kids or at least as good in kids mags like those from National Geographic like My Big Backyard. If they're tween ages, then use a little reverse psychology.


Great idea.
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Postby SoCalHiker » Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:37 pm

WileyCoyote wrote:SoCal,

You can call it an adventure and if your kids are as, if not more, tech savvy than you then have them take pix or video while exploring and post it on your websites and profiles.

Then they can text and email these same pix also to their friends as opposed to surfing the net or zombifying themselves with video games. Unless a majority of their friends participate in "true" outdoors activities, they may feel at times you're depriving them.

You could challenge them to take pix better than other kids or at least as good in kids mags like those from National Geographic like My Big Backyard. If they're tween ages, then use a little reverse psychology.


Like it a lot. Thanks. I probably will try that this weekend.
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Postby SoCalHiker » Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:53 pm

Since you all gave me some good advice on how to engage young kids to go with their dad on a hiking trip I just wanted to give you an update on how it went on one of the last weekends. We went on an adventure trip (yeah, I learned not to use the word "hiking") in Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains with the prospect of some bouldering and wading through water. I "commissioned" my daughter to be the field photographer for most of the day and my son to explore the terrain ahead of us. I have to say it was probably one of the most enjoyable outings in quite some time. Everybody seemed to like it. My kids climbed (or tried at least) every boulder on our way... and there are many :D We had many snacks with us and I was patient to let them explore and climb every climbable rock on our way.

Just one picture of our fun day...

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Thanks again to everybody for chipping in on that topic.
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Postby SoCalHiker » Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:16 pm

simpson wrote:Did you take any pictures of the kids bouldering?


No, I was not in charge of taking pictures this time :)
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Postby butitsadryheat » Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:47 pm

SoCalHiker wrote:
simpson wrote:Did you take any pictures of the kids bouldering?


No, I was not in charge of taking pictures this time :)


You took pictures, just with your mind instead of with the camera, and you'll remember this day for a long time. Good to hear all the different tips helped, and that you got them back into it. Keep it going!
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Postby SoCalHiker » Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:15 am

butitsadryheat wrote:You took pictures, just with your mind instead of with the camera, and you'll remember this day for a long time.


Nice and true words. Thanks.
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Postby SoCalHiker » Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:15 am

MikeTX wrote:way to go, guido! glad y'all had fun!


Thanks. I just hope that they will enjoy the next one as well. Cheers.
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